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Michael Perez, commonly known as Mike Perez is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under André Galvao and a representative of the Atos JJ Academy in the sport’s international circuit. Perez earned his reputation as one of the top US competitors of his generation through his wins in important tournaments such as the ADCC US Trials and International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World and Pan American No-Gi Championships.

Michael Perez Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Michael Anthony Perez

Nickname: Perez is often referenced as “el Patron”. The name caught on during the Grappling Pro Championship tournament in 2016, where Mike was cornering teammate Lucas Barbosa. Perez showed up with mustard yellow trousers, a tiger-striped collar shirt and his hair combed back, immediately causing people to correlate the visual with that of Pablo Escobar (AKA el Patron).

Lineage: M. Maeda > Carlos Gracie Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > L. Dagmar > André Galvão > Mike Perez

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Denver Open (2019)
  • 2nd Place Kasai II Grand Prix( 2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship NoGi (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place ADCC US Trials Championship (2013/2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship (2014 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2015 brown, 2014 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NoGi (2014**/2013 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2013 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Juvenile World Championship  (2010)
  • 2nd Place USBJJF/IBJJF American Championship NoGi (2013* purple, 2011 blue)
  • 2nd Place USBJJF/IBJJF American Championship (2011 blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2013* purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2017 brown, 2010 blue)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rounded

Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94,30 kg / 208.0 lbs

Team/Association: Atos JJ

Mike Perez Biography

Michael Perez was born on September 14, 1992 in Washington DC though he grew up in between Tennessee and Texas, where his parents were located.

During his mid-teens, Mike decided he wanted to learn how to defend himself in a physical altercation, choosing to sign on to jiu-jitsu classes with Paul Thomas and Brandon Mullins for that effect. It was under the tutelage of these two coaches, at Westside MMA academy that Perez became embedded in grappling culture, going on to add wrestling to his daily routine – competing for Morton Ranch High School during his senior year.

As time went by Perez’ desire to become a full-time athlete grew, and finding out about Team Lloyd Irvin‘s “Medal Chasers” program in Maryland – which offered shelter, food, training, and competition registration fees, he decided to apply. After his acceptance, Perez moved with all his possessions to “The Jungle”, the athletes’ house at TLI where he arrived as a blue belt.

In 2013 Mike decided to leave the Team Lloyd Irvin base camp, claiming maladaptation to the Maryland weather, and the long-distance from friends and family. He found a new home in San Diego, California which was rapidly becoming the sport’s Mecca. He joined the Atos Jiu-Jitsu Academy of André and Angélica Galvao.

Enjoying very fruitful competitive years defending the Atos flag Mike Perez earned both his purple and brown belts, conquering also the “Atos Brown Belt of the Year Award” in 2016. His constant positive performances in the colored belt divisions of the sport made way for his promotion to black belt, shortly after the ADCC tournament world finals in which Perez participated, on October 2017.

Michael Perez Grappling Record

33 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    9 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (36%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (24%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Guillotine
33
4
#86e620
Outside heel hook
17
2
#5AD3D1
Wristlock
17
2
#d1212a
Straight ankle lock
17
2
#fad11b
Kneebar
8
1
#f58822
Choke from back
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
22 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    11 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (18%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (5%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
50
2
#86e620
Choke from back
25
1
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Michael Perez Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14243Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPenACBJJ 8O95KG4F2017
14598Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPointsACB JJ 995KG4F2017
15411Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLChoke from backPan American82KG8F2018
15872Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseLPts: 4x2Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15882Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGF2018
16965Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
16977V. HugoLArmbarW.S.O.G.O81KG8F2018
17401Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 7x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2018
17444Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.85KGSF2018
18626Athos MirandaLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
20670Rudson MateusRudson MateusLArmbarWorld Champ.88KGR22019
21845Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLReferee DecisionADCC88KGR12019
21910Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x0ADCCABSR12019
26170Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.97KG4F2021
28192Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS8F2021
28303Pedro RochaPedro RochaLGuillotineNoGi Worlds85KG4F2021
31314Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLPts: 2x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KG8F2022
36796Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 15x0NoGi WorldsABS4F2022
36849Ellis YoungerLPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KG8F2022
45310Inacio SantosInacio SantosLPointsAtlanta FNGOABSF2023
45743Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 4x0NoGi World79KGF2023
45815Inacio SantosInacio SantosLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldABSR22023
15254Sergio RiosSergio RiosWKneebarMexico Winter Open88KGSF2018
15870Dante LeonDante LeonWOutside heel hookKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15874Craig JonesCraig JonesWPts: 3x2Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16954Morgan NeidlingerWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KGR12018
16959Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
17394A. BerzinWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
17398B. LenyardWPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
17439R. ReisWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.85KGR12018
17441Chris BanghartWPts: 17x2No Gi Pan Am.85KG4F2018
19542Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWReferee DecisionPolaris 985KGSPF2019
20461Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWPts: 0x0, AdvSan Diego OpenABS4F2019
20506Marcus SalernoWPointsDenver OpenO100KGSF2019
20507John HansenWChoke from backDenver OpenO100KGF2019
20663Roberto DibWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGR12019
20861Travis MooreWGuillotineThird Coast94KGSPF2019
26166Francisco LeonWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.97KGR12021
26207Daniel DinizDaniel DinizWGuillotineNoGi Pan Am.ABS8F2021
26215Pedro PalharesWReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Am.ABS4F2021
26220Antonio ZuazoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.ABSSF2021
28296Miha PerhavecWGuillotineNoGi Worlds85KG8F2021
31302Zack HolycrossWOutside heel hookADCC WC TrialsO99KGR12022
31308Tom McMahonWPts: 9x4ADCC WC TrialsO99KGR22022
36790Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2022
45309Luiz PauloLuiz PauloWN/AAtlanta FNGOABSSF2023
45724Wallisson OliveiraWGuillotineNoGi World79KGR12023
45733Kieran KichukKieran KichukWWristlockNoGi World79KGR22023
45741Luiz PauloLuiz PauloWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi World79KGSF2023
48309Troy QuintanillaWPts: 6x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KGR12024
48315Tyler BrandtWWristlockADCC WC TrialsO99KGR22024
48322Travis ClarkWStraight ankle lockADCC WC TrialsO99KGR32024
48329Damon RamosWReferee DecisionADCC WC TrialsO99KG4F2024
48333Brandon ReedWStraight ankle lockADCC WC TrialsO99KGSF2024
48335Michael PezzutoWReferee DecisionADCC WC TrialsO99KGF2024

Michael Perez vs Gordon Ryan (2015)

Michael Perez Black Belt Promotion

Roberto Jimenez BJJ Attacking The Back

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